Bishop Museum Teacher & Student STEAM Internships

Are you curious about the native plants and animals of Hawaiʻi? Have you ever wanted to go behind the scenes into museum research collections? Would you like to learn about science and culture through hands-on work with specimens, artifacts, field notes, and more? If so, work with us in Summer 2021!

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Internship Timeline

  • February 2021 – Online application available

  • April 5 – Online application submission deadline

  • April 12 – Applicant interviews begin

  • April 30 – Selected interns notified

  • June 7 – Tentative summer portion start date

This internship is a full-time (40 hours/week) summer position for six weeks during June and July 2021. Internship schedule and format are subject to change. Program will run in accordance with any and all applicable health and safety mandates from City and State officials. 

Three-lined Nudibranch
Flabellina trilineata
© Susan Middleton

About the Internships

These STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math)-focused internships aim to provide a broad exposure to and an immersive experience in STEAM activities through Bishop Museum’s unique biological and cultural resources. Through these internships, the Museum hopes to inspire students and teachers throughout Hawai‘i to develop the skills needed to understand and effectively engage in museum studies and science, and share their knowledge and understanding with the larger community. 

During Summer 2021, interns will work alongside collections managers and curators in the Museum’s natural science and cultural collections. Previous interns have worked with staff in collections such as Botany, Entomology, Ethnology, Malacology, Invertebrate Zoology, Vertebrate Zoology, and the Pacific Center for Molecular Biodiversity. Interns will work with mentors to comprehensively investigate research questions, gaining practice in research and technical skills (for example, taxonomy, genetics, integrative systematics, curation) while also participating in the care and stewardship of these treasured collections. Training with Education and Visitor Experience staff will include elements of science communication, Hawaiian and Pacific culture, and Hawaiian language. Opportunities for outdoor fieldwork and excursions, which may require hiking or other off-site activities, may also be offered, depending on availability and experience. 

Student and teacher interns will work together with Museum mentors on collections-focused projects, culminating in a project presentation at the end of the summer. 

  • Develop a lesson plan for their classroom
  • Plan and attend a funded field trip to Bishop Museum with their students
  • Support intermittently occurring special events during school year 2021–2022, including presentations at Museum-organized Teacher Forums
  • Work monthly science interpretation shifts in the Richard T. Mamiya Science Adventure Center during school year 2021–2022
  • Support select Museum events during school year 2021–2022

Teacher Interns: Must be an educator in the state of Hawai‘i. High school teachers are preferred. 

Student Interns: Must be a high school student in the state of Hawai‘i, with at least one full year remaining before graduation. 

This paid internship program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education Native Hawaiian Education Program (NHEP) grant #S362A180059. 

Completed applications must include: 

  1. Online Teacher Application or Student Application 
  2. Cover letter 
  3. Resume /CV/Resume 
  4. Letter(s) of recommendation (optional but highly recommended) 
  5. Students only: high school transcript


Materials listed above can be emailed to if not attached to the online application. 

Congratulations to our 2020 Museum STEAM interns!

Teacher interns Bryan Silver (Kalani High School), Andrea Kubo Nakasone (Mililani Waena Elementary), Dora Chilton (Island Pacific Academy), and Tianzhen Nie (Kamaile Academy Public Charter School), as well as student interns Annie Leong (Kamehameha Schools Kapālama), Vivian Hui (Moanalua High School), Junle Yan (Kalani High School), Kelia Giusta (Moanalua High School), Samson David (Myron B. Thompson Academy), Takeo Swallow (Kalani High School), Kate Takenaka (Moanalua High School), and Lenore Mollison (Myron B. Thompson Academy) joined Bishop Museum with energy and passion. They worked alongside experts in the departments of Malacology, Botany, Invertebrate Zoology, Vertebrate Zoology, Entomology, Ethnology, and Exhibits to research Hawaiian snail names, establish a baseline of insect species on Bishop Museum’s campus, identify marine invertebrates, enhance the Science Adventure Center’s Hawaiian Origins Tunnel with creatures of the Kumulipo creation chant, and more.

Student interns shared their scientific experiences through educational resources and activities showcased at the quarterly Saturday of Play public event series at Bishop Museum. Visit our Online Learning Center for activities to experience Bishop Museum at home!

Congratulations to our 2019 Museum STEAM interns!

Bishop Museum welcomed teacher interns Sandy Ramiscal (Farrington High School) and Keo Genus (Jefferson Elementary School) and student interns Annamarie Ellazar (Kamehameha Schools Kapālama), Dakota Kaupu (Kamehameha Schools Kapālama), Miriam Lipman (James Campbell High School), and Sachi Yamasaki (Moanalua High School) as the inaugural cohorts of the NHEP-funded Museum STEAM internship.

Throughout the summer, this diverse group of learners explored Bishop Museum’s Botany, Malacology, and Entomology collections, and practiced DNA analysis in the Pacific Center for Molecular Biology. For six weeks, they immersed themselves in Hawaiʻi’s native and introduced plants and animals. They imaged native insects, conducted snail surveys on campus and in the community, examined the bog forest plants of Mount Kaʻala, as well as learned some Hawaiian language, sharing their curiosity and enthusiasm throughout these activities and more.

Furthermore, they demonstrated their budding understanding of natural science careers and Bishop Museum research. Interns represented Bishop Museum at the Hawaiʻi Conservation Conference and led tours and presentations at Bishop Museum for staff, colleagues, family, friends, and public visitors. As they grew their connections to the natural and cultural history of Hawaiʻi, we were especially privileged to see them grow connections to each other.

We are so proud of Sandy, Keo, Anna, Dakota, Miriam, and Sachi and wish them all the best!

Lion’s Mane Jelly
Cyanea capillata
© Susan Middleton
Opalescent Nudibranch
Hermissenda crassicornis
© Susan Middleton

This exhibition is generously supported by the John Chin Young Foundation.

Top image:
Puget Sound King Crab
Lopholithodes mandtii
© Susan Middleton

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